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General Overview and Overseer Listing

In accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth and regulations enacted by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the composition, duties and powers of the Salem State University Board of Trustees are articulated within the university's bylaws. The board is charged with the fiduciary management of the institution, including determination of fees, establishment of personnel management policy, staff services, and the general business of the institution. Among its responsibilities, the board elects the president with the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, adopts an annual plan of financial operation, awards degrees in approved fields, and develops the mission statement for the university consistent with the mission of the Commonwealth's system of public higher education.

The board of trustees consists of 11 voting members. Ten members are appointed by the governor, at least two are alumni of the university and one of whom is elected thereto by the university alumni association.  Elected alumni members shall be elected every five years. Members are appointed to serve for five year terms, but no member shall be appointed for more than two consecutive terms. Student members are elected by the student body and serve one year.

Regular meetings of the full board are held four times annually and are open to the public with the exception of executive sessions. Committees of the board convene prior to each open meeting and on an as-needed basis. The board currently has five standing committees: executive, academic affairs and student life, risk management and audit, finance and facilities, institutional advancement, marketing and communications. Meetings usually take place on the Salem State University campus.

Contact the trustees.

  • Jamie Zahlaway Belsito '96
  • Cherié Butts, vice chair
  • Teresa J. Chisholm
  • Magnolia Contreras
  • Mary DeSimone '76 
  • Elliot Katzman '78
  • Rob Lutts, chair
  • Paul Mattera
  • Kathleen Murphy '75
  • Ruthanne Russell '82
  • Richeline “Richie” Cadet

Full Board of Trustees Meetings

(Board meetings start at 5 pm unless otherwise noted)

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 (immediately following Audit Committee)
  • November 2020—TBD
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Committee Meetings

(Committee meetings start at 3 pm unless otherwise noted)

Other Meetings

  • Friday, December 4, 2020 – Off-site

  • Tuesday, March—TBD (Trustee and SGA meeting)

Posting of Meeting Agendas

Except in cases of emergency, final agendas with anticipated discussion topics are posted 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings are currently held virtually. Login information will be provided within the posted agendas.


The Board of Overseers of Salem State University is an advisory body, comprised of alumni and friends, who are committed to assisting the president and the university in a wide range of activities that will support and advance Salem State as the leading teaching public university in the region.

Overseers act as informed advisors to the president and university administration on issues of strategic importance through their active membership. Overseers serve as a university resource by sharing leadership skills and professional expertise, and by encouraging financial support to the university. Overseers also act as ambassadors to promote the interests of the university regionally, nationally and worldwide.

Members of the Salem State University Board of Overseers

  • Mr. Felix J. Amsler '87
  • Ms. Karen E. Andreas
  • Mr. John C. Archer
  • Ms. Kathleen Atkinson
  • Dr. Richard C. Bane '11H
  • Wade Boylan, JD '95
  • Arthur J. Broadhurst Jr., Esq.
  • Dr. Stanley P. Cahill
  • Attorney Joseph C. Correnti Esq.
  • Ms. Katherine M. Curley-Katzman '06
  • Ms. Lucy E. Dearborn '92
  • Mr. Henry S. Dembowski '60, '62G
  • Mr. Robert D. Ellison '92
  • Mrs. Joanne M. Fortunato '84
  • Mr. Herbert A. Fox
  • Mr. Paul R. Fuller '97
  • Ms. Kathleen T. Gardner '82
  • Mr. Joseph G. Gauvain '61
  • Michael Goldstein M.D. '92
  • Ms. Rose M. Grant '94
  • Mrs. Andrea L. Gregory
  • Mr. Joseph P. Haggerty '02
  • Mrs. Cynthia Hatch-Belhumeur
  • Mr. Donald W. Hunt '79
  • Ms. Holly J. Jannell
  • Ms. Nicole L. Kieser
  • Claude G. Lancome Esq.
  • Dr. Diane R. Lapkin
  • Ms. Andrea C. Liftman '75G
  • Mr. John H. Lindahl
  • Mrs. Gayle MacEachern Colinet
  • Mr. Wayne P. Marquis '75
  • Mr. Peter J. Martel '77
  • Dr. Owen R. Mathieu Jr. '01H
  • Mr. Brian J. McNamara '77
  • Mr. John D. Migliozzi '80
  • Ms. Pamela M. Nottingham '80, '87G
  • Ms. Nancy H. Palmer
  • Mr. John C. Pastore Jr. '94
  • Mrs. Stacy A. Phelan '91, 10G
  • Mr. John F. Piazza '84
  • Mr. Todd R. Provost '86
  • Ms. Marcel V. Quiroga
  • Ms. Katherine E. Reid
  • Ms. Karen L. Roberts '78
  • Mrs. Phyllis K. Sagan
  • Mr. Stephen F. Salvo '74
  • Mrs. Julie M. Shea '76
  • Mr. Ryan L. Shefferman '02
  • Mr. Timothy J. Siefken '13
  • Ms. Nancy H. Stager
  • Mrs. Deborah L. Tatelman
  • Mr. Robert F. Thibodeau Jr. '79, '14G
  • Ms. Susan U. Vatalaro '71, '78G,'91G
  • Mr. Brian V. Vinagro '97
  • Mr. Wayne E. Webster '74
  • Mr. Michael R. Wheeler
  • Mr. Joel R. Whitman
  • Ms. Elaine A. Zetes '88G
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